- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 27, 2015

MARTIN, S.C. (AP) - A train traveling through Allendale County derailed and chemicals leaked out early Tuesday after the train ended up on to a side line at a plant, authorities said.

Workers at the Archroma plant in Martin, about 12 miles northwest of Allendale on state Highway 125, were evacuated after the derailment. No one living in the rural countryside nearby was ordered to leave, authorities said.

Two people on the train heading from Augusta, Georgia, to Charleston were hurt and were taken to a hospital in Augusta, Georgia, Allendale County deputies said. Their conditions were not known.

The train crashed just outside the entrance to the plant, which makes color paper and textiles. No workers were injured, Archroma U.S. spokesman Chad Perry said.

Authorities have not said what chemical leaked or whether the car that was breached was part of the through train or one of the parked cars.

The spill was still being cleaned up Tuesday afternoon.

A similar derailment happened 10 years ago this month in Graniteville, about 40 miles north of Martin. In the January 2005 wreck, a crew parking a train on a side line at a textile plant failed to flip the switch back and a train going 47 mph plowed into the parked cars, causing a chlorine leak that killed nine people.


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